13 June 2011
Successful naming and launch ceremony for BREUGHEL
The naming and launch ceremony for the 11,650m³ trailing suction hopper dredger, BREUGHEL, took place on 11 June 2011 at the IHC Merwede shipyard in Krimpen aan den IJssel, The Netherlands. IHC Merwede is building the impressive ship for the DEME (Dredging, Environmental & Marine Engineering) Group.
The ceremony was performed by Mrs Bernadette Prignon, Chair of the Liège Court of Appeal and spouse of Mr. Didier Reynders, the Belgium Federal Government's Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance and Institutional Reforms.
The contract for the design, construction and delivery of the vessel was signed between DEME and IHC Dredgers in June 2010, and the keel was laid on 15 November 2010. The vessel will be delivered by November 2011. The BREUGHEL is named after Pieter Breughel, the famous Belgian painter of the Northern Renaissance period.
The design of the BREUGHEL is based on the successful trailing suction hopper dredgers BRABO and BREYDEL, delivered by IHC Merwede in 2007 and 2008 respectively. The limited draught, combined with large width, ensures that the BREUGHEL can be used in conditions where other ships of this class would be restricted. The vessel's one-man operated bridge is equipped with the latest state-of-the-art console, which combines both the dredging and sailing functions.
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Company profile IHC Merwede
IHC Merwede is focussed on the continuous development of design and construction activities for the specialist maritime sector. It is the global market leader for efficient dredging and mining vessels and equipment – with vast experience accumulated over decades – and an outstanding supplier of custom-built ships and supplies for offshore construction.
IHC Merwede has in-house expertise for engineering and manufacturing innovative vessels and advanced equipment, as well as providing life-cycle support. Its integrated systematic approach has helped to develop optimum product performance and long-term business partnerships. The company's broad customer base includes dredging operators, oil and gas corporations, offshore contractors and government authorities.
IHC Merwede has over 3,000 employees based at various locations in The Netherlands, China, Croatia, France, India, the Middle East, Nigeria, Serbia, Singapore, Slovakia, South Africa, United Kingdom and the United States.
Technological innovation will remain the company's underlying strength through its continuous investment in research and development. Moreover, it helps to safeguard a sustainable environment.